From: Drew McGinty
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: US nominates next Irish ambassador
Date: Thu Jun 19 18:26:15 MDT 2014
June 19, 2014
Award winning chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn are on a culinary journey to learn more about their Ulster-Scots (or Scots-Irish) heritage. Their popular television show is broadcast in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.  In the upcoming season, their journey continues with visits to Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

During their stop in Philadelphia, I met up with them at Elfreth's Alley (America's oldest continuously inhabited residential street) and answered some of their questions about Philadelphia's Scots-Irish. Later, I joined others at historic Overbrook Presbyterian Church where Paul and Nick prepared and served a delicious three course meal using the finest local produce and inspired by Philadelphia's people, geography, and history. Learn more.

The Irish American Business Chamber & Network will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary at an event sponsored by WaWa on Thursday, June 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at The Fairmount Boathouse in Philadelphia. Join them for great company, good food, cold drinks, and live Irish music.  Learn more.
Belfast-based Sport Changes Life introduced their 2014-2015 Victory Scholars at an event sponsored by Coca-Cola at The Union League of Philadelphia on June 18th. Thirteen Americans will head to Ireland and Northern Ireland in August to pursue graduate degrees and intern with Sport Changes Life community service programs. See their profiles below.
Immigrants have played a starring role in the history and culture of the United States. For the month of June, we will focus on telling some of the stories that shaped this country. The month will include partnerships with corporations, media outlets, organizations, celebrities, athletes, faith, civic and political leaders. Learn more.
Shelby Smith
As I attempt pack all of my belongings into the two suitcases that came over with me back in August (an utterly impossible task at this point) to move to our new home for the summer, I can’t help but be absolutely amazed at how quickly this year has gone. It seems like yesterday that I was just hugging my parents and friends goodbye, assuring them I would be back in a quick 9 months. Read blog post.
10 Great Reasons to Visit Northern Ireland…
Pól Ó Conghaile is an award-winning travel writer. Based in Ireland, he contributes to National Geographic Traveller, The Irish Independent, Cara and The Irish Examiner among other publications. He is the author of 'Secret Dublin', features widely on radio and TV, and has three times been Irish Travel Writer of the Year. Read blog post.
US nominates Missouri lawyer as next Irish ambassador
The White House has announced that it has nominated Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley as the next US ambassador to Ireland. Read story.
Open set for return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland
The Open Championship is to return to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, with Royal Portrush expected to host the tournament as early as 2019. Read story.
Cork celebrates more new jobs through the ConnectIreland
LORD of the Dance, Michael Flatley and Cork Airport yesterday toasting more new jobs for the city, bringing to 164 the number of new positions created in Cork through the ConnectIreland initiative, which is on target for 1,000 jobs in communities across Ireland. Learn more.
Irish / Scots-Irish American Candidate Spotlight
Amiee Belgard
Grant Lally
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District
  • Attorney, Sweeney & Sheehan, P.C.
  • President, International Students' Association, University of Limerick.
  • Award-winning Irish dancer,Crossroads Irish Dancers.
  • DJ (Irish music), WLFR.
New York’s 3rd Congressional District
  • Chairman, Irish American Republicans.
  • Board, Emerald Isle Immigration Center.
  • Brehon Law Society. 
  • Irish American Bar Association.
  • Solicitor,  Ireland and United Kingdom.
The Full Titanic Belfast Experience
Conservancy to host Third Thursdays hikes in Boiling Springs
Irish girls, American guys – Why it never seems to work
Last week we had a day out at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast. It was our first visit to the Titanic Museum since it opened its doors in April 2012, almost 100 years after the maiden voyage. Read blog post.
BOILING SPRINGS [Pennsylvania] -- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will continue its Third Thursdays event series with a historical hike beginning at 6 p.m. June 19 in Boiling Springs. PennDOT archaeologist Joe Baker will take participants on a historical tour that dates from the Native Americans to the first Scots Irish settlers to the arrival of the iron industry. Read story.
We all know that Americans love the Irish – that’s nothing new. They want to hire us, give us free drinks, talk to us about how “Irish” they are – the list goes on. Remarkably, some of them even want to date us. Read story.
Radford Highlanders Festival Set for October 4, 2014
Top 100 Irish last names explained
Ashley Montecchio
The 19th annual Radford Highlanders Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Highlanders Festival honors the rich Scots-Irish traditions of Southwest Virginia and is a partnership between Radford University and the City of Radford, Va. Read story. has put together a list of the top 100 common Irish surnames with a little explanation of where these names come from. Learn more.
Aston, PA
Rosemont College
Caroline Murphy
Chatham, NJ
Gettysburg College
Ronnie Thomas
Roanoke, VA
Bridgewater College
Khalid Robinson
Harlem, NY
Fordham University
Ryan Ansel
Kelsey Harris
Jonathan Nelson
Fort Washington, PA
Davidson College 
Gastonia, NC
Elon University
Lawrenceville, GA
University of Dayton
Nicole Krusen
Darryl Durham
Jessica Koci
Rockville, MD
Loyola University Maryland
Marietta, GA
Belmont Abbey College
Philadelphia, PA
LaSalle University
Patrick Connaghan
Warrington, PA
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Jennifer Morabito
Binghamtton, NY
Canisius College
Christine Ganser
Needham, MA
College of the Holy Cross
Dear Readers:

Please know that I have decided to pursue other volunteer opportunities and have resigned as Secretary and member of Sport Changes Life Foundation, Inc.’s Board of Directors (USA) effective June 30, 2014.

I am grateful for having had this opportunity to give of my time, talents, and resources for such a worthwhile organization.

Sport Changes Life continues to do excellent work making a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of young people in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States.


Drew McGinty
+1 215-650-7880
728 Columbia Avenue, Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446, United States
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